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Intro to Ecological Restoration (Online and in-person)

Schedule and Location

Summer 2019-CANCELED

(This class will be offererd again in the fall of 2019.)

  • Wednesday, July 10, 2019, 11:59 p.m.: Registration closes
  • Thursday, July 11, 2019, 12:00 p.m.: Online materials become available
  • Saturday July 20, and Saturday, July 27, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: In person sessions meet at the Thornhill Education Center



Fees and Registration

$39.00 member
$46.00 nonmember
(Fees include admission to the Arboretum)

BY PHONE: 630-719-2468 (Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)


Course Description

Discover the principles and practice of ecosystem restoration. Ecological restoration is a process for recovering forests, grasslands, and other ecosystems that have been degraded. Engage with experts in natural resource conservation and fellow participants and volunteers to challenge your assumptions and have conversations about ecological restoration. Explore what we mean when we say ecological restoration, examples in concept and practice, and discuss the implications of this work.

The online component of this class is self-guided and can be completed wherever you have access to a computer, at your own pace. Online assignments will be due before each in-person session.

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Kurt Dreisilker, head of natural resources, The Morton Arboretum

Kurt Dreisilker has been managing the natural resources at The Morton Arboretum since 2004.  In this capacity he leads the development and implementation of ecological restoration projects within the Arboretum's 900 acres of wetlands, woodlands, and prairies.  He has been teaching classes on numerous natural area topics, such as ecosystem conservation and management, invasive species, native plant identification, and many others.

Course Details


  • This class includes both online and in-person sessions. Some online assignments must be completed before the in-person class. All online assignments need to be completed by 1 week after the second in-person class.
  • The online materials will take approximately 90 minutes to complete.
  • Participants will have access to the online materials for 60 days after the course start date, until September 9, 2019.
  • Please dress for the weather during the in-person sessions, with long sleeves and long pants/sturdy footwear.
  • Limit 20


  • Participants must have access to the internet and know how to use a web browser (ex: Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer)
  • Participants must know how to send and receive email.
  • A unique email address for each participant is required at registration.
  • Online assignments will be due the Thursday before each in-person session. 

Continuing education: This class fulfills a requirement for the Natural Areas Conservation Training (N-ACT) Program. (Learn more about N-ACT.)

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